Can it be Canadian copy cats? Or just a seasonal disorder?:
Captain Canuck, Canada’s superhero, is fatally shot by a sniper in the latest issue of his eponymous comic, which arrived in stores yesterday. The assassination ends the guardian of the north’s fight for right, which began in 1975.
Captain Canuck, while heading to the Parliament Buildings, is shot and killed.
[snip]The decision to make the new Captain a woman polarized the superhero fan community. Captain America (whose true identity is Sally Maple) is a staunch feminist and fights for women’s rights and multiculturalism. Her adventures often lead her to interact with government officials and to petition the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa.